The video of this debate is currently available as a streaming, Real Player file on the Book-TV website. I will make the audio track of this debate available soon as a downloadable mp3 in my Sam Harris digital library.
Debate on Religion and Reason with Sam Harris, "Letter to a Christian Nation," and Reza Aslan, "No god but God"
Sunday, February 4, 2007 at 12:30 am and at 3:00 pm and at 10:00 pm
Description: Does the Bible provide timeless prescriptions for our daily lives? Or does its inclusion of practices such as slavery preclude its ability to act as such a guide? Are Osama bin Laden's grievances with the United States purely theological, or also social and political? Reza Aslan, author of "No god but God," and Sam Harris, author of "Letter to a Christian Nation," take up these questions in this debate at the Los Angeles Public Library. The event also includes discussion on contemporary trends in Islam - including whether or not Muslims are unique in their religious fervor - and debate over the concept of the Koran as a perfect and immutable document. The debate is moderated by Jonathan Kirsch, author of "A History of the End of the World."
Author Bio: Born in Iran, Reza Aslan is a regular commentator for NPR's "Marketplace" and a Middle East Analyst for CBS News. His book "No god but God" was shortlisted for the Guardian (UK) First Book Award and nominated for a PEN USA award for research Non-Fiction. He is currently a Research Associate at the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy. Sam Harris is author of "Letter to a Christian Nation" and "The End of Faith," the latter of which won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. He blogs for the Washington Post and Newsweek websites, and is currently completing a doctorate in neuroscience. Moderator Jonathan Kirsch is the author of ten books, an L.A. Times Book Columnist, and an attorney specializing in publishing law and intellectual property.